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Offline Ismene

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How long do you press your fairy wings?
« on: November 28, 2017, 17:59:49 »
The F?gures fairies come with closed wings. I'm trying to press one open. It looked great when I took it out from under the heavy box, but it started closing again. How long do I need to wait? Days? Weeks?

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Re: How long do you press your fairy wings?
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2017, 18:35:46 »
Maybe soak in heated water first, then put under a weight? I had some success with that method when trying to straighten out oak branches.
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Re: How long do you press your fairy wings?
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2017, 19:32:37 »
I tried steaming it. Not sure it helped.

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Re: How long do you press your fairy wings?
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2017, 19:56:18 »
I had success (which, months later, seems to be permanent) by:

1.  Folding the wings as far as I could in the opposite direction, and securing them with a soft hair tie.
2.  Putting them in very hot water for 20 minutes.  (I couldn't tell you what the temperature was; it wasn't boiling, but it was too hot to keep my hands in it for long.)  I covered the bowl, to try to keep the heat in.
3.  Removing the hair tie and flattening the wings.
4.  Putting them under a heavy stack of books for two weeks.

They were yellow wings.  Now I can't tell them apart from the non-Figures yellow wings.

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Re: How long do you press your fairy wings?
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2017, 20:57:52 »
I don't know if it worked but I store those fairies with the wings bent forward and secured with rubber bands. The folded wings are still useful for dioramas where a side on fairy can be seen with wings sticking backwards like a flutterby.

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Re: How long do you press your fairy wings?
« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2017, 23:01:56 »
Thanks. I'll keep working at it. It's not for me; I'm trying to flatten the wings before gifting the fairy.

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Re: How long do you press your fairy wings?
« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2017, 03:30:20 »
when I'm impatient, I'd heat bent playmo parts with a mini hair dryer......10 secs* .....and then longer and longer until it doesn't spring back to their original positions. 
...if this suggestion pose a danger with kids reading it, kindly delete my this reply.... you!
(* so that they dont melt/deform)

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Re: How long do you press your fairy wings?
« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2017, 00:49:38 »
when I'm impatient, I'd heat bent playmo parts with a mini hair dryer......10 secs* .....and then longer and longer until it doesn't spring back to their original positions. 
...if this suggestion pose a danger with kids reading it, kindly delete my this reply.... you!
(* so that they dont melt/deform)

Dear children,
Don't try this at home.  ;)

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Re: How long do you press your fairy wings?
« Reply #8 on: December 11, 2017, 13:15:10 »
Dear children,
Don't try this at home.  ;)

Yes, you might do perm anent damage to the figure.